John 3:16: Love is a verb


Modified and re-posted below are comments posted a year ago;

Although John 3:16 was not among the top 10 Bible verses most widely shared or remembered in 2015, it still topped the list of verses that the world sought out in 2014, according to a report released by Bible Gateway based on 1.5 billion page-views by 150 million unique visitors. The Verse of the Day for February 13, 2016 remains one of the most recognized and memorized verses for millions of believers around the world.

John 3:16 (KJV):

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The Sound of Music, one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all times, gives us these memorable lyrics from Oscar Hammerstein II:

A bell is not a bell till you ring it. A song is not a song till you sing it. Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.”

Recall also the memorable lines regarding love from John Oxenham:

Love ever gives, forgives, outlives,

And ever stands with open hands.

And while it lives it gives.

For this is love’s prerogative,

To give, and give, and give.

It has also been said that you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.

These comments also remind us that with love, there must be a demonstration or manifestation to express the reality of that powerful emotion. We speak of the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation which is so clearly demonstrated in one of the most widely recognized verses in the Bible, John 3:16.

The book of I John also elaborates on the love of God in the corresponding verse:

1 John 3:16:

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him.

Recent blog entries centered on the theme of love mentioned that some kind of demonstration should accompany love when the word is used as an action word: “Love is a verb. Love is doing, saying, showing. Never think just saying you love someone is enough.” There must be corresponding action to show that we love. Another statement reiterates the same point: “Love is a verb. Without action it is merely a word.”

Verse 18 of 1 John 3 further reminds us,

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

The love of God is “perfected” or made complete or brought to maturity in us when we walk in the steps of Jesus Christ, the ultimate example of perfect love. We must do more than think about love or talk about love; we must demonstrate love by what we do, just as God did in offering His son as a demonstration that He so loved the world.

Hillsong provide this memorable, musical expression of John 3:16: “God so loved the world.”

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